How We Are Decorating This House

The Details

Tie Dye Sweater {c/o} | Jeans | Maxi’s Outfit | photography by: Angie Garcia

Good morning, friends! I hope you’ve had at least ONE cup of coffee because this post might be all over the place. Just nod your head and say, “Mmhhm” like we were chatting on the phone. You know, moral support when one of your girlfriends is telling you about all the things she got at Homegoods that she DIDN’T need.

Many of you requested I share the “middle” process of decorating with this house, and that I will happily do! I thought the best way to start that off was by sharing how we are decorating this house and our ideas for it all.

This home was an older ranch-style that had been renovated. It feels very “homey” which I absolutely love! However, it’s a different layout then our last home. Our last home had a much larger living space and this home has larger bedrooms, so our furniture didn’t fit in each and every space. We’ve actually been playing musical furniture with some friends {traded a sofa for some chairs, a coffee table for a garage door, you know- typical things 😉 } but so far all is working out. This home also has shorter ceilings, so sadly, my Jenn Thatcher Art from the last house wouldn’t fit.

With that in mind, I decided to combine my love of French Country and the Southern details ranch-style homes exhibit {to me in Texas!} and blend the two. I envision this home to have a really “soft” feel. I want my family and friends to feel like they can nap on my sofa because the textures are so soothing and our hospitality feels so inviting.

I’ve purposely looked to lots of antique furniture so that the few nicks and scuffs blend right in as I know Maxi will create more in the future. Let’s talk about what I’ve ordered and what I am picturing in the following rooms.

Living Room

The living here is about half the size of the living in the last home, but still open concept. Our leather sofa wouldn’t fit at all {I came over three times to measure ha!} so we went with a slipcovered option. My mom really emphasized a slipcover because she said when you lose space, you need to go lighter to make it look larger. I’m so glad I followed her instruction because I don’t feel short on space here. We put our Kisabeth chairs in the master to create a reading nook! And I’m so glad we did that. We can actually watch TV in them comfortably or chat once Maxi goes to sleep. I think I’m going to do a round coffee table and so far I have my eye on this. I have an Amazon gift card but still may wait a bit to order that because I’d love to find something for less.

Sofa {similar}: We bought our sofa from Simple Things Furniture in Fort Worth. Y’all know they are one of my favorite home stores and they helped me select a fabric that would stand up to kids! This slipcover can be washed and spot treated with this, so I’m not nervous. It is pretty deep and SO comfortable. You sink into the sofa and I’ve actually fallen asleep a few times watching a movie with Maxi. She will get in my face and say, “Mama! Open!” and open eyes with her fingers. Sorry, baby girl. Sorry!

Pillows: So far, we have the pink Pottery Barn pillows from our last house with these chartreuse pillows from Simple Things that we purchased with the sofa. I was so bummed the Kisabeth chairs didn’t fit in living and this was the closest thing to recreate that look! I found the fabric on etsy for you!

Exact Fabric {similar}, Pink

Chairs: These are the exact chairs from Siple Things and I love that they swivel. In fact, whenever people come over that’s the one thing they comment on. Who doesn’t love a swivel chair?! The color we have is Logan Oatmeal.

Coffee Table to Buy: I’m torn between two types of coffee tables: a lucite waterfall or this round one. My mom says the round and I really think she is right! However, part of me thinks a lucite waterfall will be nice to give clean sight lines. But I already have the lucite counter stools from our last house and maybe that’s making it too modern?! What do you think?

Above Mantle: I think I want to put topiaries or plants and a major sunburst mirror above the mantle! Walmart online actually has a TON of sunburst mirrors as they carry one of my favorite home brands, Safavieh. Which one do you like best? We have a white brick which is my favorite!

Maxi’s table and chairs are from Restoration Hardware Kids!  Maxi’s Kitchen.

Master

The master is larger and feels like a blank canvas! I have had my eye on a specific bed, armoire, and dresser for YEARS. I had even purchased the bed before and waited months {last house}, it was back ordered, I got a call it wouldn’t be restocked for months, and had to go another route. So when it was fully stocked, I decided to not overthink it and just go with the direction I’ve always had on my heart. I’m no interior decorator and I’m sure design-wise, I do a lot of things “wrong” BUT if you are ever stuck on styles, I think you just have to go with what you always have your eye on. In my experience, you don’t get sick of things you love. It’s like art! However, if you follow what everyone else loves and what you “think” you should love due to popularity, you can grow tired of a selection. Who cares if you make up a random style like Scandanavian Glam?! If that’s what your eye is drawn to- do it! So while I’m all for Pinterest hunting, I think it can sometimes lead to buyer’s remorse if you overthink trends that OTHER PEOPLE love.

Bed: We went with the Bristol Bed, and that will be delivered Wednesday! I have zero idea on what direction I’ll go for on bedding, but Little Design Co. is sending lots of samples out this week for pillows to buy- so I think that will make the deciding factor easy. Now on the topic of bedding, I wanted to mention the best sheets online! These are from Amazon and they are so inexpensive but rival the nicest sheets I’ve ever purchased. I splurged on sheets for one of our anniversaries and can’t tell the difference! In fact, I prefer the Amazon sheets, and so does Paul. I also prefer the $34 price.

Armoire: My closet is smaller in this house, so I went with an armoire to help house handbags and shoes! This matches our bed, and I really love the antique mirrored look!

Dresser: This is the dresser we purchased and if there is one item I CAN’T wait to get here, it would be the dresser. Our master is a wreck with clothes all over the floor. I fold them neatly and then Maxi attacks it all! haha. This distressed look is exactly what I’m going for in this home.

Nightstands: We just returned these nightstands because they came damaged! 🙁 But it’s fine because I decided to listen to said advice from above and go with the nightstands I have had “screenshotted” on my phone for YEARS. Our old master furniture went in one of our guest bedrooms here since we needed a king bed in this house. Maxi and Peaches sleep with us many a night, so we decided to just go ahead and get a larger bed. I’ve had these nightstands by The CEH on my phone for ages, so I’m going to go with these! The clean lines will soften the other ornate furniture in the room.

Kisabeth chairs: Our Kisabeth chairs fit in the master on the wall and I think I’ll do some Jenn Thatcher Art above once I find the perfect accent chair and lamps!

Kitchen

Table: One of the very first things I bought for this house was this marble table I found at Simple Things. {Not sponsored, I just go in there far too often! 😉 }.

Chairs: We ordered these chairs from Restoration Hardware to pair with them! I wanted to go this route since it matches Maxi’s little table and chairs. The long bench next to the table will be made into a nook with cushions and pillows by Maddie Hughes Designs.

Art: I ordered this art from One Kings Lane which was by another artist I’ve had on my phone for years. I’ll have this placed by the kitchen table. In between the kitchen and living, we added art by Elizabeth Sage Art I purchased at a gallery event last week.

Light Fixtures: Last night we did a little update with the light fixtures! There was absolutely nothing wrong with the previous light fixtures and they did start to grow on me! But we went with something that fit our furniture more and I am actually giving the light fixtures to a girlfriend currently renovating her kitchen. I think swapping pieces with friends has been one of the most fun parts of this move. These are our new pendants and this is above the kitchen table.

Before

After

Maxi’s Room

Maxi’s room is actually the most complete out of the entire home, which was my intent! We didn’t have to buy anything new for her room and some of her playroom furniture fit in there as well. I wanted her room to be made up first so she would feel special and settled into the house. My mom took Maxi for a day when we moved in and I worked in her room all day with my dad getting everything put up and hung on the walls. My mom brought her back and she videoed her expression seeing her room with me for the first time. It just made my life! Her room is actually an old master before they added on to this house. I joke with Paul all of our other kids will feel so bummed because she has the largest kids’ bedroom. He says, “It builds character! Firstborns are supposed to get some perks!” haha. Spoken like a trust first-born child. 😉

To Do:

  • Kitchen Counters: Eventually, we are going to lighten the kitchen countertops with a lighter quartz. Does anyone have one they absolutely love?!
  • Vacuum: I need to get another v6 Stick Vacuum {Mother’s Day anyone?!} since ours is on its last leg. I love these for quick pick-ups around the house! I got my last one five-ish years ago. I actually see them on eBay, so I will probably order there!
  • Rugs: I NEED rugs! I just have the little zebra hide in the kitchen. However, I’ll let Maddie do the rugs when she does the kitchen nook- because that is her specialty and it is NOT mine! ha.
  • Floors: You probably see the painter’s tape all over our floors and that is because the contractor has to come touch some spots up!

While furniture and decor don’t make a house a home, it’s still really fun to gab about these small details with you all. If there’s one thing I’ve learned it appreciate in life, it’s a long chat with a girlfriend about minor decor musings! My girlfriend, Amy Beth, and I will call each other about something as simple as seasonal table setting and we could talk about it for hours!

If you have any quartz, rug, dining table recommendations I am all ears, friends! All ears!

 

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30 Comments

  1. You have such great taste, Katey. I love your style, whether it’s fashion or home dec! Love it! 🙂

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    Published 16 Apr 19Reply
  2. Stephanie wrote:

    Can’t wait to see it all come together! I love how you blend different styles. Makes your spaces look so homey and put together.

    Published 16 Apr 19Reply
  3. Julie wrote:

    I was so excited to see you moved solely for the purpose of more home design and decor posts – my favorite! 🙂 Everything looks beautiful already!

    Published 16 Apr 19Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Aw thank you so much, Julie! 🙂 xx, Katey

      Published 16 Apr 19Reply
  4. Robyn wrote:

    My sis-in-law actually gave me good advice on choosing a coffee table once, she said with so many square or rectangular shapes in the living room already a round coffee table will break all of that up and be more pleasing to look at. Not that we’re professional decorators! Lol but hope that helps! I can’t wait to see how your house comes together!

    Published 16 Apr 19Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      My mom said the same thing, so you know what, you are 100% right!! I just need to be patient, wait longer, save and get something that will work long term! Thank you so much!! xx, Katey

      Published 16 Apr 19Reply
      • Christi wrote:

        We actually went with an oversized ottoman since our kids are super little…and we did a round coffee table as our main end table…we love how it looks and rearrange it for more seating after the little ones go to bed!

        Love your house, thanks for sharing your updates!

        Published 16 Apr 19Reply
  5. Megan wrote:

    Congrats on the new home – thanks for sharing! Everything looks gorgeous so far! For the coffee table, I would go with the round to balance out the squareness and structure of the fireplace and kitchen cabinets. I also like how the color of the one you linked marries with the trim color in the house. Can’t wait to see how everything evolves!

    Published 16 Apr 19Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Aw thank you so much, Megan! You are totally right! I should just wait longer and save to splurge on the round! xx, Katey

      Published 16 Apr 19Reply
  6. EG wrote:

    Love it! I may have missed this but have you shared your paint colors?

    Published 16 Apr 19Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi! I’m so sorry, I don’t have the paint colors right now! 🙁 The prior contractor painted them so we need to get from him! xx, Katey

      Published 16 Apr 19Reply
  7. Whitney wrote:

    We went with Cambria quartz in Ella for our kitchen and master bathroom and absolutely LOVE it! Can’t wait to see everything come together on your new house – loving everything so far!!

    Published 16 Apr 19Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      I LOVE those counters!! Thank you so much for sharing! I will go look at those in person, they are dreamy! xx, Katey

      Published 16 Apr 19Reply
    • caroline wrote:

      I also have Cambria in my kitchen and I absolutely love them. They are zero maintenance and look beautiful

      Published 19 Apr 19Reply
  8. Thanks for sharing! This is great. Can’t wait to see everything come together. I have the RH chairs in my dining and I love them! They are really comfy and you can’t beat the look. They are gorgeous! Good luck getting all settled.

    Published 16 Apr 19Reply
  9. Kerri Ann wrote:

    We have that bed in our master, so I can’t wait to see how you style it!

    Published 16 Apr 19Reply
  10. Candace wrote:

    I have that bed and absolutely love it. I’ve wanted that armoire for years now! I’ve never seen pics of it online other than on the store’s website. I can’t wait to see how you style it in your new home. I may have to get it once and for all! Congrats!

    Published 16 Apr 19Reply
  11. Juliya wrote:

    Hey, Katey! The Ella Quartz is a great countertop option. It looks like Carrara marble, but doesn’t stain or require as much upkeep. They’re timeless and beautiful. I have a black granite countertop (meh!) in my kitchen and can’t wait to upgrade. Even though it’s only a few years old, it’s chipping. Happy shopping!

    Published 16 Apr 19Reply
  12. Bunny wrote:

    I follow a Gulf Coast/Florida interior designer (Erika Powell/Urban Grace Interiors) and have had a screenshot of the counters she has– Sea Peal Quartzite! They are light but not white and beautiful!!

    Published 16 Apr 19Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Oh I LOVE these!! Would go so well with our paint! Thank you for sharing! xx, Katey

      Published 16 Apr 19Reply
  13. Julie wrote:

    McGee and Co has 20% off rugs right now!

    Published 16 Apr 19Reply
  14. Nichole wrote:

    Love your new house and decorating so far! It is so fun to see the in-between! We renovated our kitchen 2 years ago with Cambria Quartz in the Brittanica pattern – it’s gorgeous and makes a statement – highly recommend, it also holds up and still looks brand new. I absolutely love my Restoration Hardware dining table (it’s the Salvaged Wood trestle collection – farmhouse/French Country style). My home décor style is “modern coastal farmhouse”. Whatever you end up going with will be beautiful! Can’t wait to see the final product!

    Published 16 Apr 19Reply
  15. Betsie wrote:

    I own the acrylic waterfall table. Though I love it, it shows everything! It requires a lot of maintenance to keep smudge free. I definitely wouldn’t recommend with small children or heavy use. Not sure it would hold up to wear and tear well. I drape a sheepskin over it and layer a tray on top to display my books and candles. It would easily be scratched otherwise.

    Published 17 Apr 19Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      You convinced me to not get it, Betsie!! Thank you!! I definitely don’t want to be cleaning fingerprints all the time!! xx, Katey

      Published 25 Apr 19Reply
  16. Erica wrote:

    We have Carrara Quartz in our kitchen (Everest Stone), and we love it!! Everyone thinks its marble, and it looks identical to the Carrara marble we have in our bathroom, but we don’t have to worry about it staining!

    Published 17 Apr 19Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Oh my goodness, I just looked that up! Identical to carrara marble!! You are a gem for sending me that! Thank you!

      Published 25 Apr 19Reply
  17. Christina Adamson wrote:

    Love it all! I highly recommend the Dash and Albert indoor/outdoor diamond rug in platinum! It is beautiful, and sounds weird because it is indoor/outdoor, but it is very soft AND it’s bleachable and easily washable! I’ve had coffee, vomit, poop(tmi, but toddlers), you name it, and it still looks brand new! If you order this, get a more padded rug pad because it is a little thin. But this has been my most favorite purchase with toddlers!!

    Published 17 Apr 19Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      You have sold me on this rug!! Knowing you can get all that out! I have had it pulled up on my computer and I love that it still feels soft and light for our living room. THANK YOU!!! xx, Katey

      Published 25 Apr 19Reply
  18. Monique wrote:

    You have such great taste! I saw that you have a big bookshelf which I’m assuming is in Maxi’s playroom. Where did you get that from? I’m looking
    For something similar for baskets of toys. Thanks!

    Published 22 Apr 19Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi! Thank you so so much! Yes, it was from her playroom. It is from Restoration Hardware Child. Xx, Katey

      Published 22 Apr 19Reply